New events and updates

If you haven’t visited our new exhibition Edinburgh Alphabet yet, why not join us for one of our events?

On 8 June Art in the City will visit the exhibition. Art in the City is for people affected by dementia and their friends, family or carers. Do join us from 10:30 at the City Art Centre for a cup of tea and a tour of the exhibition. Please contact me for more information: or 0131 529 6365.

DSC_2670There are also a range of Spotlight tours and Curator’s talks linked to the exhibition. I will be giving a free 15 minute talk on the heritage of Leith at 11am on 7 June, so do drop in.


I will also give a Spotlight Tour on the history of Newhaven on 14 July at 11am.


Today is the start of Volunteers’ Week, so this weekend I’m helping out at the HVOS Celebrating Heritage Volunteers Symposium. If you are one of our wonderful volunteers, you can still book a place via Eventbrite.

Since Edinburgh Alphabet opened I have returned to more traditional outreach work. It was great to be able to show ‘Scotland for Newcomers’, a group run by The Welcoming, around the exhibition yesterday.


I have also been out running reminiscence with older people’s groups and visited Caring in Craigmillar, St Joseph’s House, the Almond Mains Initiative and the Western Infirmary to carry out reminiscence activities.

I was also fortunate enough to be chosen as one of the Mentors in the Mentoring for All programme run by the Museums Association (funded in Scotland by Museums Galleries Scotland) and attended a training day in Birmingham.

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Edinburgh Alphabet- opens tomorrow

Edinburgh Alphabet opens to tomorrow (19 May) at the City Art Centre. There will be a huge range of events over the Festival of Museums weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

I wanted to share some more images of the exhibition installation. Do come and visit us!

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Behind the scenes at Edinburgh Alphabet

The installation of Edinburgh Alphabet at the City Art Centre has started. So I thought I would share some photos of the installation so far, to give you a glimpse of museum life behind the scenes! The exhibition opens next week (19 May) at the City Art Centre.

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Edinburgh Alphabet- part 2

I have been back to the Museum Collections Centre to pack more objects for the Edinburgh Alphabet exhibition (opening at the City Art Centre on 19 May). So I thought I would share some more of my favourite objects with you.

These tools and documents were donated to the museum collections in 2013. They belonged to a father and son who were both ship’s carpenters sailing from Leith. You can read about some of their travels in the documents which mention places as far away as St Vincent, Singapore, Canada and Rio de Janeiro. We also have photographs of both men which will be displayed in the exhibition,


This ship model of represents a four masted barque, a typical “clipper” ship of the mid 19th century.  Ship models were made for various reasons. This model was likely to have been made as a hobby in the early 20th century.

If you look closely you can see a Leith coat of arms on the flag on the top of the ship


I chose this lobster pot for the ‘F is for Fishing’ section. I haven’t decided if the plastic lobster is going to be included yet though!


I also had the opportunity to see some of the items other curators are including in the exhibition. I particularly like the ‘U is for Undies’ section which will show some fabulous pants!


If you would like to know more about the exhibition, there will be a series of Curator’s Talks in June and July. I will be speaking about the history of Leith on 9 June and Fishing on 14 July, do drop by.

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Vacancy: History Curator

Would you like to join our team? We are looking for a new History Curator to be based at the Museum of Edinburgh.

The role is full time (36 hours a week), fixed term until November 2017. Salary: £28,347 – £33,893. Closing date 25 April. For more information and to apply please see My Job Scotland.


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Edinburgh Alphabet

You may have already seen the article in the Scotsman about the upcoming Edinburgh Alphabet exhibition at the City Art Centre. The exhibition opens on 19 May and there will be a range of events that weekend for the Festival of Museums.

It has been a very interesting project as it has brought together curators from across different disciplines to develop the displays. I have been working on ‘F is for Fishing’ and ‘L is for Leith’. Without giving too much away, I thought I’d share some of my highlights with you.

This beautiful ship in a bottle is definitely going to be included

DSC_2332One of the things I would love to showcase are the wonderful Newhaven gala costumes. I love this ceramic.


And here are some photos of real gala costumes

I also love the colourful net floats

This is a lobster pot


One of my favourite things in the collections are the Leith Walk pigeons aka A Leith Walk by Shona Kinloch, which will make an appearance in the exhibition.


This wonderful ship model and The Port of Leith by Alexander Nasmyth will also return to display.


As will this Dockers of Leith banner


All the objects are currently being packed ready to travel to the City Art Centre.


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Crossings exhibition now on display at the People’s Story Museum

Crossings is an exhibition exploring the heritage of Leith. The exhibition is the cumulation of a project developed by Dancebase in partnership with Edinburgh Museums & Galleries and Historic Environment Scotland.

Several groups of young people explored the heritage of Leith through visits to the Museum Collections Centre, the City Art Centre and Trinity House (Historic Environment Scotland). The groups then chose museum collections to display and worked with dance and sound artists to create new dance films which explored the history of Leith and its people.

The exhibition showcases museum objects selected by the young people and the films created as a part of the project. You can also watch the films on the Dancebase website

The People’s Story Museum is open Wednesday- Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-5.

Crossings was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


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